London 2NE: Brothers could enter Holt history books against Romford & Gidea Park
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Holt will be looking to maintain the momentum created by a couple of impressive results when they welcome Romford & Gidea Park to Bridge Road for the first time tomorrow.
Always passionate and committed, this season the Holt players have developed an aura of self belief, as displayed in their 17-17 draw with high-flying Norwich and last week's 22-21 win at Rochford Hundred, when the team refused to give up, winning at the final hurdle when Graham Ilsley kicked a seemingly impossible touch-line conversion.
Tomorrow the squad will once again face challenges and some important firsts: the first time they have played Romford & Gidea Park and the first time three brothers look set to appear for the first XV. Brothers Hal (19), Edward (23) and James (26) Riley have been selected in the squad and may become the first ever trio of brother to represent the club at first XV level since it's inception in 1961.
The nearest that the club stats can show are three brothers Haddow, who played against Lakenham in the 1995/96 season alongside Ross Haddow's son James for the Holt third XV.
Another first is the visit of Romford who will be making their debut at Bridge Road and will receive a warm welcome from the Holt supporters.
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Romford have played all of their modern era games in the leagues above Holt and have a reputation for being fiercely competitive, with a big set of forwards, but they are struggling in this new league at the moment following their relegation last season, recording just two wins from six outings.
Holt Owls, after putting together one of their strongest sides for last weekend's fixture, only to be frustrated when Beccles called off, will need a similar side to face league leaders Broadland.
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Holt thirds, who put in a heroic performance against Diss last weekend but came away second best, will be hoping to carry the momentum forward with a victory over Lakenham at Hilltops.
n In London 3NE, West Norfolk will look to keep the pressure on leaders Epping when they host Lowestoft and Yarmouth, currently fourth in the table. Southwold host fifth-placed Old Cooperians while Beccles travel to high-flying Harlow, looking to bounce back from a 24-17 home loss to West Norfolk.